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#376 Post by Markson » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:01 am

While Portman and Roberts hardly signify quality filmmaking, they both appeared in Everyone Says I Love You and somehow managed to not ruin it (come to think of it, ESILY has a pretty bizarre cast in general). But I figure if Allen can hammer out watchable films with Pie-fucker and Ron Burgundy, then Wilson shouldn't be much to fret over.

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#377 Post by Fiery Angel » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:21 am

James wrote:
Fiery Angel wrote:Owen Wilson? Yikes--I may have to finally skip a Woody movie.

You care about actors that much? It's not like we're talkin' Natalie Portman or Julia Roberts here. In fact, I'd call Owen Wilson a decent actor.


Um....OK.

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#378 Post by AWA » Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:40 am

I've gotten a few PMs here before about where to find legitimate Woody scripts online - not the transcriptions of the released films, which are all over the Net. Unfortunately, I have yet to see any online... until today! A website called MyPDFScripts.com has several actual Woody Allen scripts online, including the famous original draft of Annie Hall (which has a pile of stuff that never made it in the editing room). The only script they offer that is the usual transcript of the released film seems to be Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which is the Weinstein's transcription from the official website that was released during their Oscar pitch. Hannah & Her Sisters and Annie Hall are both transcriptions, but they have the legit shooting script of Hannah and, as mentioned, the early draft of Annie Hall as well.

But featured online, to my knowledge for the first time, are:

Annie Hall
Annie Hall (1976.08.02 Draft)
Bullets Over Broadway
Deconstructing Harry
Hannah and Her Sisters
Hannah and Her Sisters (Shooting Script)
Match Point
Play It Again, Sam
Sleeper
Sweet and Lowdown
Vicky Cristina Barcelona


Considering a few people have contacted me about this before, I assume this might be very interesting to some people here. It certainly is to me.

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#379 Post by Zumpano » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:51 pm

Indeed! Thanks for the link/tip. Downloaded the "Sweet & Lowdown", and looks like the real deal.

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#380 Post by AWA » Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:29 pm

Glad to help.

On further review, it appears the Hannah shooting script is merely a transcript and not an actual script. Unfortunately. But I've been reading the Deconstructing Harry script, and it's great - fascinating to read how much Woody does leave truly up to casting, ad libbing and whatever location is available. He writes out options, not demands.

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#381 Post by montgomery » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:44 am

The non-shooting script of Hannah is an early draft, with many scenes not in the film and the more downbeat ending (though I thought the final line had been added later, apparently it wasn't). A very interesting read.

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#382 Post by AWA » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:45 am

Upon further review - you're correct. I apparently had some file mix up where I accidentally downloaded the transcript version and saved under both names. I look forward to reading this now as well. The Deconstructing Harry one is pretty remarkable - I'm really enjoying it and learning quite a bit.

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#383 Post by montgomery » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:20 am

Here's an interesting, rather bizarre passage from the Hannah script:

CUT TO waterfront, isolated. Elliot is doing it to sister Lee in some overt but discreetly cinematic fashion. They are in the throes of lovemaking, passion; let's say he's doing it from behind her and enough clothes are on to keep me happy.

Huffing and puffing, they button up or whatever.

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#384 Post by AWA » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:06 pm

Cut from Fredrick's (who in this script is "Ken") speech about TV:

".... On one cable channel you have a little pornography where the participants are such morons you never want to have sex again."

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#385 Post by AWA » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:58 pm

This link could go under any number of filmmakers or films since it covers quite a lot of ground, but considering Woody is one of the most significant filmmaker Harry Savides has worked with and my own personal interest in Woody, I think I'll link to it here.

The interview is a fascinating look into modern cinematography, especially when you're talking to someone as good as Savides who tries to avoid anything too modern in his images.

The bit about Woody is interesting as Savides comments on his work with the great Gordon Willis and offers up some insight on working with him now - most recently on "Whatever Works", which Savides alludes to a "problem" the film had with some main character's performance. I vote Evan Rachel Wood since her southern accent and shtick is bordering on horrible.

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#386 Post by AWA » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:29 am

I've been looking for these for years and at long last, two commercials Woody directed from a series for the Italian grocery chain Coop have shown up online... in good quality no less. Filmed by Woody and his full film crew (and some of his usual bit part actors with overdubbed audio) circa 1994 with Carlo DiPalma as Cinematographer.

Coop/Mele commercials: Man in love with an apple - Meat as Art

Missing is at least one spot where aliens descend upon earth in search of a good grocery store. The set is very 2001-ish as pictured in a photo from Brian Hamil's (great) book "Woody Allen At Work".

Also... here is an Italian cell phone commercial featuring Woody. Again, no idea what the translation is. Perhaps an Italian speaking board member can help out here. I don't know who crewed on this one, but it doesn't look like anything remarkable to say the least, unlike the commercials above.

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#387 Post by domino harvey » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:44 am

Wow, these are great, thanks for posting. I of course get the main joke for both but could one of our Italian-speaking cohorts offer up a translation pls?

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#388 Post by LQ » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:52 am

I probably shouldn't even attempt, but here's what little I can offer up until someone comes along and corrects me/translates them better, and in full. Admittedly, I did not get all of every ad. (I'll erase the text in my post upon the delivery of better translations)

Man in love with an apple:
'Doctor, when I was little I used to pick apples. It was great to eat them "fresh, fresh". It was my favorite thing to eat. During dinner my dad acted oddly. When no one was looking, he would go back to the kitchen ...
I couldn't help myself, I had to look. ... He looked so much in love. My mother learned to live without passion from him. What if this doesn't have a cure (i.e., love for apples)?

"La Coop guarantees the freshest fruits and vegetables, products with love. Because we're recommended by millions of consumers, La Coop is you."


Meat as Art:
"He's a genius. He works exclusively with meat.
Look at the splendor of lines and shapes, and how it reflects our modern (contemporary) society."

"His works make our existential crisis vibrate."

"He expresses the entire cosmos through this "piece" (like "art piece") of steak."

"He's a genius".

"Sublime. Post-modern Rib".

"Quality is an art. La Coop makes a signature of love in every product, only the best selection and approved meat. Because La Coop is recommended by millions of consumers, La Coop is you."


For the cell phone ad: Woody is walking down the street talking to his doctor, and he tells him that he needs to speak to him about a psychoanalytical emergency because he thinks he had invented a ..gene.. for people over 50 years old but he's afraid he won't make it to 50 (or something like that). He talks about his leasing contract for his apartment and he also says something like: if I didn't get married I would be able to get by until 150; he complains about the all the stress and says something along the lines of, I got married but I don't want to die at a embarrassing age.
The final frames read:

The future shouldn't worry you so much
With professional assistance.
Telecom Italia
How would you like the future to be?

Thank you for posting them! Especially the first two...exquisitely done.

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#389 Post by domino harvey » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:34 am

"His works make our existential crisis vibrate."

Ha, that's classic Allen. Thanks, LQ!

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#390 Post by AWA » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:04 pm

Variety has details on this summer's Paris project, including the title - "Midnight In Paris". Quite unusual for Woody to reveal a title long before the production even begins - I can't recall a previous instance where that took place. Vicky Cristina Barcelona was rumored to originally be titled "Midnight In Barcelona" and then changed to VCB - perhaps because Woody realized he had a project that the title would work better with... so considering he had his mind made up two years ago what this Paris project would be titled, I suppose he's confident enough to reveal a bit more than usual about it. Cast details also included in the link.

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#391 Post by Highway 61 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:20 pm

I hope I'm wrong, but I think casting Carla Bruni will taint the whole film.

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#392 Post by tavernier » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:52 pm

Highway 61 wrote:I hope I'm wrong, but I think casting Owen Wilson will taint the whole film.

Fixed

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#393 Post by tavernier » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:10 am

Interiors was on the MGM HD channel last night and September is on later today (4/26).

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#394 Post by John Cope » Thu May 06, 2010 12:15 pm

Allen's fascinating interview with Commonweal. Fascinating but not surprising.

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#395 Post by rohmerin » Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:24 pm

Several pictures of W.A directing Carla Bruni

Interview, He is in Asturias (again) for the promotion and premiere of You will know....

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#396 Post by johncarvill » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:34 am

Can anyone imagine the Woody Allen of, say, the 1980s casting Carla Bruni? Or does anyone (maeybe even Woody) think that casting her as an actress can be considered a separate act from endorsing, or at least not protesting against, her husband's right-wing policies?

Of course, Woody 'jumped the shark' a long time ago, creatively; even so, I've always kept faith with him on a personal level. But this is just too much.

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#397 Post by torkst » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:52 am

Does anyone know of any mention by woody allen of the late french new wave director Eric Rohmer? He seems to mention Godard and Truffaut a lot, even though his work seems a lot more indicative of Rohmer's cinematic intentions in narrative storytelling and subject matter.

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#398 Post by Markson » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:04 pm

torkst wrote:Does anyone know of any mention by woody allen of the late french new wave director Eric Rohmer? He seems to mention Godard and Truffaut a lot, even though his work seems a lot more indicative of Rohmer's cinematic intentions in narrative storytelling and subject matter.

I just checked and Rohmer is indexed in neither Conversations With Woody Allen nor Woody Allen On Woody Allen. Perhaps somewhere else?

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#399 Post by tavernier » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:11 pm


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#400 Post by torkst » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:07 am

I've read references to the fact that Woody is a fan, but no known quotes referring to Rohmer by Allen?

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